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Welcome to another edition of VERSUS, the series where we look at two albums in heavy metal history and compare
Release New Single + Music Video
“CHØKE ØN THE ASHES ØF YØUR HATE”
Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD has announced the details of their forthcoming tenth album, the immense and unapologetic, ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN coming August 26th, 2022 via Nuclear Blast X Imperium Recordings.
Watch the first video from the album, the ferocious “CHØKE ØN THE ASHES ØF YØUR HATE” below.
ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN is a 13-track concept album set in a decimated futuristic wasteland where the sky is stained crimson red. The crux of the story is based on 2 main characters:
Character #1 Ares: (pronounced Aries), our main, who loses the love of his life (Amethyst) and goes on a murderous rampage against the vile sect responsible for her murder.
Character #2 Eros: (pronounced Arrows) the perpetrator, who loses his mother to a drug overdose and becomes radicalized in the aftermath. Eros goes off the deep end manifesting his own killing spree.
The lyrics detail how their lives intertwine.
MACHINE HEAD founder Robb Flynn comments:
“Thanks to my 2 teenage boys my family has become obsessed with this awesome Japanese anime series called “Attack On Titan.” The album’s concept was loosely inspired by the series in the sense that in the storyline, there is no “good” or “bad” guy, both characters believe they’re doing the right thing as it applies to their being, but make no mistake, both are committing acts of pure atrocity and evil. The opening track “SLAUGHTER THE MARTYR” is basically our character #1’s origin story.”
The colossal concept comes with a list of equally colossal packaging for various physical formats including 16 different worldwide vinyl formats, deluxe vinyl box set (with bonus tracks), CDs, (both old-school longboxes and jewel boxes), multi-color cassette options, and limited-edition Digipak with bonus tracks.
CDs, Digipak, Cassettes and all digital formats will be available on Aug 26th, with all vinyl formats arriving on Nov 25th.
ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN
1. SLAUGHTER THE MARTYR
2. CHØKE ØN THE ASHES ØF YØUR HATE
3. BECØME THE FIRESTØRM
5. MY HANDS ARE EMPTY
8. KILL THY ENEMIES
9. NØ GØDS, NØ MASTERS
13. ARRØWS IN WØRDS FRØM THE SKY
15. ARRØWS IN WØRDS FRØM THE SKY (ACOUSTIC)*
*BONUS TRACKS on DIGIPAK and BOX SET edition.
MACHINE HEAD‘s colossal co-headline ‘Vikings and Lionhearts’ arena tour with Amon Amarth and support from The Halo Effect is fast approaching!
ELECTRIC HAPPY HOUR LIVE
(MACHINE HEAD ONLY WARM-UP DATES)
31st GLASGOW, Garage – SOLD OUT
02nd INVERNESS, Ironworks
04th ABERDEEN, Lemontree – SOLD OUT
05th DUNDEE, Fat Sams
06th EDINBURGH, Liquid Room – SOLD OUT
VIKINGS & LIONHEARTS 2022 TOUR DATES
08th NOTTINGHAM, Arena
09th CARDIFF, Arena
10th LONDON, Wembley Arena
12th MANCHESTER, Arena
13th DUBLIN, 3 Arena
16th ZURICH, Hallenstadion
17th VIENNA, Stadthalle
18th KRAKOW, Tauron Arena
20th TALLINN, Saku Arena
21st HELSINKI, Ice Hall
23rd OSLO, Spektrum
24th STOCKHOLM, Hovet
26th COPENHAGEN, Forum Black Box
27th HAMBURG, Barclays Arena
28th FRANKFURT, Festhalle
30th OBERHAUSEN, König Pilsener Arena
01st BERLIN, Velodrom
02nd AMSTERDAM, Afas Live
04th MILANO, Lorenzini District
06th BARCELONA, Sant Jordi
07th MADRID, Vistalegre
08th LA CORUNA, Coliseum
09th LISBON, Campo Pequeno
12th PARIS, Zenith
14th MUNICH, Olympiahalle
15th LEIPZIG, Arena
16th PRAGUE, Tipsport Arena
18th BUDAPEST, Barba Negra
20th ESCH SUR ALZETTE, Rockhal
21st BRUSSELS, Forest National
22nd STUTTGART, Schleyerhalle
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